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Point of interest on the road from Denver to Moab

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Point of interest on the road from Denver to Moab

we will be driving from Denver to Moab and hoped to see some interesting stops for overnight and daily activities to split the long ride for a day or so. Any recommendations? Perhaps Glenwood Springs? How are hot springs there ?Is there any other places we can stop for do activites? Maybe hiking or rafting?

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1. Re: Point of interest on the road from Denver to Moab

When is your trip? There are so many things to do along I-70 between Denver and Moab, you will have a difficult time deciding what to do. Some are seasonal activities, thus the question about the timing of your visit. I-70 is probably the most scenic interstate in the U.S. You are in for a treat!

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2. Re: Point of interest on the road from Denver to Moab

Yes, it's important to know when your visit will be to suggest stops appropriate for the season. There's a famous, huge hot springs pool in Glenwood Springs open year round. Not too far away, there's also Avalanche Ranch near Redstone, with cabins and hot springs pools mainly for guests, but I believe you can also purchase a day pass. There's rafting in Glenwood Springs, too, and bicycle rentals & hiking. Glenwood Springs would make a good stopping point, or spend the night in picturesque, historic Redstone and take a drive up to Aspen for more hiking opportunities.

You might like to stop at Vail to stroll through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and a little further west of Glenwood Springs you could visit Rifle Falls, then Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction.

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3. Re: Point of interest on the road from Denver to Moab

It is a pretty easy day drive from Denver to Moab. But if you want to break it up, Glenwood Springs, as noted, is a great choice. The hot springs are a great attraction. Nice restaurants in town like The Pullman. River rafting with a great half-day trip on the Colorado. It's about halfway.

FYI, it is a fair amount closer to Moab to fly into Salt Lake City if that's an option. But the Denver routing does give you a more scenic access.

Have fun.

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4. Re: Point of interest on the road from Denver to Moab

thank you for replying to my post. Any other interesting stops on the road? We will be driving also back from Moab to Denver and were wondering if on the way back we can also stop somewhere? Scenic roads,etc.?

Satl lake city is not an option because air tickets expensive compare to Denver and an extra hr. we save driving will add up flying time to NY>

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5. Re: Point of interest on the road from Denver to Moab

Assuming your trip is between Memorial Day and Labor Day, www.mountevans.com

On your way back (I would not do this without an overnight stay in Denver on the way to Moab due to the 14,000 ft. altitude), the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is not for the faint of heart but it is amazing! Drive all of scenic byway including the section of 103 between Echo Lake and Bergen Park. Juniper Pass and Eagle's Aerie along this section have great overlooks.

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6. Re: Point of interest on the road from Denver to Moab

If you wanted to spend another night along the way on your way back, you could loop around by Telluride then back up to Montrose/Black Canyon Natl Park, then overnight in Gunnison, Crested Butte, or Buena Vista. Or back to Grand Junction, then to Montrose/Black Canyon. Then you could drive back to Denver via Hwy 285 or through Breckenridge or Leadville.

If you like hot springs, Ouray has good ones (pool or spring fed hot tubs at the Box Canyon Lodge), and Mt. Princeton Hot Springs is near Buena Vista.

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7. Re: Point of interest on the road from Denver to Moab

Good to confirm that you'll be returning, and can return by a different route than you went. Routes up through the mountains have already been mentioned. For the direct I70-based route, I'd suggest possible stops at:

1. Glenwood Springs for the Hot Springs Pool (check to confirm the hours and prices for evening admission - usually cheaper, and often most pleasant if you're mainly on the road). There are also the bike trips down the Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. You can rent bikes, and the rental outfit will haul you upslope in a van. You then mostly cost back into town. Canyon Bikes does this.

2. Grand Junction? For Colorado National Monument and Colorado winery visits?

Another option for returning could be to return from Moab to Glenwood Springs or Aspen/Snowmass and spend the night there. Visit the Maroon Bells at sunrise (check the rules on road access for the time of your trip). Continue over Independence Pass to Leadville and beyond - which could be direct to Denver or back to Vail.

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8. Re: Point of interest on the road from Denver to Moab

I also am looking for the info = for next week. Should we try to avoid mountain areas due to weather etc. or are there other interesting places to see next week? Thanks.

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